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20th Greenhouse Technical Management Course

September 25, 2016
Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE

Supported by peak industry body Protected Cropping Australia (PCA), the 20th ‘Greenhouse Technical Management Course’ is scheduled for Devonport, Tasmania, from 10-14 October 2016. This course is specifically designed to develop high level technical and management skills of growers in protected cropping, suppliers of hydroponic equipment, agronomists, and horticultural researchers and educators. Attendees can expect a couple of nice surprises to help celebrate this 20th course milestone.

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Australian Greenhouse Construction Code

September 22, 2016
Australian Greenhouse building code

Hort Innovation has recently engaged Osborn Consulting Engineers to ‘develop technical guidelines based on the findings of VG13055 – Building Codes and Greenhouse Construction for inclusion in the National Construction Code’. Essentially, Osborn has been engaged to take a proposal to the National Construction Code (NCC) for the creation and implementation of a nationally recognised greenhouse standard within the framework of the building code. Read More »

Potential for more than 5000 jobs as Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme progresses

September 19, 2016

A proposal to expand the use of recycled water for primary production in the Northern Adelaide Plains suggests there is the potential to create more than 5000 jobs. The water would help produce crops in high-tech greenhouses which maximise production and water-use efficiency, while also minimising the requirement for water storage in winter.  Read More »

Naming and shaming Australia’s most unwanted pests

September 19, 2016
Varroa destructor

Crippled plant industries, trade suspensions and a devastated environment—Australia’s Top 40 National Priority Plant Pests have damaging potential, from vine-attacking bacteria to a giant snail. Australian Chief Plant Protection officer, Dr Kim Ritman, said the Top 40 pests include a range of exotic invertebrates and pathogens that pose the most significant threat on a national scale.  Read More »

Productivity Commission report validates industry’s concerns over backpacker tax

September 14, 2016

Leading horticulture body AUSVEG has today welcomed the public release of the Productivity Commission’s report on migrant intake into Australia, with the organisation renewing its calls for the Australian Government to remove the proposed ‘backpacker tax’. Read More »

The Rise Of Urban Agriculture

August 31, 2016
Christine Brown-Paul

Welcome to this new look issue of Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses. We hope you like the new, refreshed design – thanks go to our new designer, Steve Harrison who has done a sterling job in giving PH&G an attractive makeover (Steve worked for the magazine about 15 years ago). And on the subject of changes, I’ll be sitting in the editor’s chair while our trusty editor Steven Carruthers takes a long overdue and well-deserved break. Let me take this opportunity of saying hello to all our loyal readers and of course to new ones – many of you might recognise my byline, as I’ve been writing for the magazine for many years. Read More »

Should I use twin skins if building a polythene greenhouse?

August 31, 2016
Twin skin greenhouse

I am considering building a single span poly house to grow speciality cucumbers. I have a friend who says twin skins are essential if I plan to heat the greenhouse, but others warn that the twin skin loses light. What do you recommend?

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